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Microdesign

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When do you provide more practice, versus another example, versus a different model?

Grappling with Groups

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Certainly, it seems that the teachers weren’t providing guidance or oversight, in the case of my kids.). I’m a fan of the power of social learning. When people get together (and the process is managed right), the outcomes of a negotiated understanding can be powerful.

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70:20:10 and the Learning Curve

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sparked by a diagram provided by another ITA colleague, Jane Hart (that I also thought was insightful). My colleague Charles Jennings recently posted on the value of autonomous learning (worth reading!),

Organizational terms

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And when you provide them with an environment to succeed and improve, you get the best organizational outcomes. Listening to a talk last week led me to ponder the different terms for what it is I lobby for. The goal is to make organizations accomplish their goals, and to continue to be able to do so. In the course of my inquiry, I explored and uncovered several different ‘organizational’ terms. I thought I should lay them out here for my (and your) thoughts.

Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success

but might be a little vague in providing concrete actions, so you’ll need to dig a bit deeper. Providing OTS courseware in these situations has several advantages. OTS curriculum, it’s fairly easy to provide training to individuals or groups whenever you. Seven Simple Secrets to.

Some new elearning companies ;)

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Instead of giveaways, they quietly provide free home-baked mini-muffins for all. DanceDanceLearn: provides a completely unique offering. As I continue to track what’s happening, I get the opportunity to review a wide number of products and services. While tracking them all would be a full-time job, occasionally some offer new ideas.

Deliberate Practice

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The issue is that the program didn’t provide any practice in designing courses from go to whoa, it was all about theory. A colleague pointed me to a intense critique of master’s programs in Instructional Design, and it raised several issues for me. So, I thought it’d be worth discussing. In the comments, many people talk about how the programs they went did include projects, but this raises issues around the role of programs as well as what practice means.

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How to learn and learn-to-learn

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In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from experience, please provide an example if possible? In your working life, how have you learnt effectively from people, please provide an example if possible?

FocusOn Learning reflections

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And Unity or Unreal provide good support (as I understand it), but still require coding. If you follow this blog (and you should :), it was pretty obvious that I was at the FocusOn Learning conference in San Diego last week (previous 2 posts were mindmaps of the keynotes). And it was fun as always. Here are my reflections on what happened a bit more, as an exercise in meta-learning. There were three themes to the conference: mobile, games, and video.

xAPI conceptualized

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Our business intelligence system can provide aggregated data of performance for A (whatever A is being measured on: sales data, errors, time to solve customer problems, customer satisfaction, etc).

Cultural Alignment

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So we can provide tools to support us in the moment, we can provide tools to help us work together, and we can develop people all slowly over time. In particular, we can provide tools to address gaps that emerge from our cognitive architecture.

Employee Experience

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provide answers. One of the recent trends has been about ‘customer experience’, focusing the organization on a consistent and coherent customer experience from first exposure through to ongoing product or service use. And this is a ‘good thing’!

Learning Through the Wild

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This is very necessary for me! :) And, importantly, the processes in nature provide a counter-balance to the artificial processes we put in place to breed plants and animals. Similarly, there are rangers who visit these camps, and provide after-dinner campfire talks.

The Grail of Effective and Engaging Learning Experiences

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real world consequences providing feedback coupled with scaffolded reflection. Serious games are one way to achieve this end, by contextualizing practice as decisions in a meaningful environment and using a game engine to adapt the challenge and providing essentially unlimited practice.

Learning in context

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What we tend to do, as a default, is to take people away from work, provide the learning resources away from the context, then create a context to practice in.

Diagram!

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But representing things with diagrams is not only a personal thinking tool, it can be a powerful way to communicate concepts, and that’s an important component of a good learning experience design, providing a conceptual model to guide performance.

To show or not to show (and when)

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One explanation that was given was to provide guidance to others, but that, to me, is the role of the assignment specification. This discussion also provides the opportunity to experiment with working out loud that eventually develops good working habits. (I’ve At an event the other evening, showing various career technology tools, someone said something that I thought was just wrong. I asked afterwards, and then explained why I thought it was wrong.

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Another model for support

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And these approaches did provide away to develop the organization’s abilities to develop better learning. I was thinking about today’s post , wherein I was talking about a couple of packages that might help organizations move forward. I was reflecting back on some previous posts about engagement models, and was reminded of a more recent one. And I realized this has played out in a couple of ways.

Why AR

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Going wider, here I’m looking out at a landscape, and the overlay is providing directions. It could do more, pointing out that the green ridges are grapes, provide the name of the neighborhood that’s in the foreground (I call it Stepford Downs, after the movie ;).

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China is mobile!

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I can wish that the providers in the US would work and play together a little bit more! I’m pleased to see that mLearning is taking off, and had fun sharing some of the models that I think provide leverage to rally take advantage.

Realities 360 Reflections

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The conference provided a chance to try out apps for the HTC Vive, Sony Playstation VR, and the Oculus. So, one of the two things I did last week was attend the eLearning Guild ‘s Realities 36o conference. Ostensibly about Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), it ended up being much more about VR. Which isn’t a bad thing, it’s probably as much a comment on the state of the industry as anything.

Defining Microlearning?

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Microlearning as a phrase has probably become current (he says, cynically) because elearning providers are touting it to sell the ability of their tools to now deliver to mobile. Last week on the #chat2lrn twitter chat, the topic was microlearning. It was apparently prompted by this post by Tom Spiglanin which does a pretty good job of defining it, but some conceptual confusion showed up in the chat that makes it clear there’s some work to be done.

A complex look at task assignments

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And the instructor reviews the reviews, and provides feedback. I was thinking (one morning at 4AM, when I was wishing I was asleep) about designing assignment structures that matched my activity-based learning model. And a model emerged that I managed to recall when I finally did get up.

Disruptive Innovation

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This one was presented around higher education innovation (a topic I’ve some familiarity with ;), so it provided a good basis for me to explore the story. I recently came across a document (PDF) about disruptive innovation based upon Clayton Christensen’s models, which I’d heard about but hadn’t really penetrated.

Evil design?

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providers of internet and cable from whom you can only get a 1 or 2 year price which will then ramp up and unless you remember to check/change, you’ll end up paying them more than you should until you get around to noticing and doing something about it). The learning lesson is to provide good models. This is a rant, but it’s coupled with lessons. . I’ve been away, and one side effect was a lack of internet bandwidth at the residence.

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Two good books on learning

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This book, while relevant to individuals, has much more insight to provide for learning designers. In addition to the existing good books out there (Julie Dirksen’s Design for How People Learn , Patti Schank’s new series, e.g. her book on Practice & Feedback , & Brown, et al’s Make it Stick ), I was pointed to two others. One I’d heard about but hadn’t gotten to yet, the other was new to me.

‘Form’ing learning

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If we take activity-based learning seriously, we need to ensure that there are meaningful tasks set that can provide feedback. Last week I ran a workshop for an online university that is working to improve it’s learning design. Substantially. They’re ramping up their staff abilities, and we’d talked about how I could help. They have ‘content’, but wanted to improve the learning design around this.

A richer suite of support

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And, of course, once an individual advances far enough, there’s little anyone can be providing for them, instead they need the ‘creative friction’ of interactions with other experts and ideas to generate the new understandings that will advance the individual and the organization.

Learning Strategy Issues

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A second presentation was on providing tools to trainers to devolve content development locally, addressing a problem with centrally-developed content. The other thing that I was involved in at Online Educa in Berlin was a session on The Flexible Worker. Three of us presented, each addressing one particular topic.

Ambiguity Denial Syndrome?

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We should be providing them with models to use to interpret and adapt to situations (explain and predict). I was talking with a colleague at an event one of the past weeks, and I noted down the concept of ambiguity denial syndrome.

Reactivating Learning

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don’t just provide abstract knowledge). I like to link it to Rand Spiro’s Cognitive Flexibility Theory, and explain that having more ways to represent the underlying model provides more ways to understand the concept to begin with, a greater likelihood that one of the representations will get activated when there’s a problem to be solved, and will activate the other model(s) so there’s a greater likelihood of finding one that leads to a solution.

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Why Work Out Loud? (for #wolweek)

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They can provide pointers to useful information, they can provide tips about what worked, and didn’t, for them, and they’re better prepared for what will be forthcoming. Why should one work out loud (aka Show Your Work )? Certainly, there are risks involved. You could be wrong. You could have to share a mistake. Others might steal your ideas. So why would anyone want to be Working Out Loud ? Because the risks are trumped by the benefits.

A ‘Critical Friend’?

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The prevailing definition is: a trusted person who asks provocative questions, provides data to be examined through another lens, and offers critiques of a person’s work as a friend. I’m participating in an engagement, and they were struggling to define my role. Someone mentioned that I’m serving as a ‘critical friend’, and the others cottoned on to it. I hadn’t heard that term so I explored, and liked what I found. Thought I’d share it.

Where is Clark?

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A bit quiet, but providing time for some writing. So, where am I this spring? I was at ATD’s Techknowledge in January, and as this is published I’m on my way to Long Beach for their Core 4 event (sold out; if you’re one of the lucky ones there, say hi!). I’m taking the train (and a bus); look forward to watching the terrain roll by and writing. But there’re a couple more events this spring.